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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Phil Jackson critical of Knicks' roster

By Ian Begley

Back in April, Phil Jackson praised the Knicks. He went as far as to say they could challenge for the NBA title.

Now? Not so much.

In an interview with the New York Times, the Zen Master hinted that the Knicks are a ways away from winning an NBA crown.

“The Knicks still have to find some accommodating group of guys that know how to play ball together, move the ball, play the game the right way,” he said.

The Knicks lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers were the lower seed, but defended New York's isolation-heavy attack and beat the Knicks up on the boards.

Jackson said he thinks the team’s star, Carmelo Anthony, is “an amazing ballplayer who still has another level to step up,” according to the Times.

Last summer, when many wondered whether the Knicks would pursue Jackson to fill their coaching vacancy, the 11-time NBA champ called New York’s pairing of Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire “clumsy.”

In his interview with the Times, Jackson hinted that he’d prefer the Brooklyn Nets’ roster over the Knicks’ because of Nets stars Deron Williams and Brook Lopez.

“With Brooklyn, if you’ve got a point guard and a solid center, or a good point guard and a great center, you’ve got two of the pieces that you want to have toward a champion,” Jackson said.

Jackson, who is making the media rounds to promote his book, "Eleven Rings," said Tuesday that the best job offer he has received recently was to coach the Nets.

But Jackson turned the Nets down and insisted that he is finished coaching during an interview Tuesday with "The Dan Patrick Show."

Still, he added that he was intrigued by the Nets' offer.

"Well, the Brooklyn situation is a good situation," Jackson said during the interview.

Question: Do you agree with Jackson? Do the Nets have a better roster than the Knicks?

Do the Knicks lack players who know how to “play the game the right way”?

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